Houthi arrests campaign threatens prisoner exchange negotiations

Houthi arrests campaign threatens prisoner exchange negotiations

The Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Iryani, warned against a new Houthi militia arrests campaign in its areas of control in conjunction with talks to exchange prisoners under the auspices of the United Nations. He accused the Houthi militia of not being serious in the success of the prisoner exchange talks.

Al-Iryani said, in a statement published by the official Yemeni News Agency, on Saturday evening, that the Houthi militia launched a campaign of arrests in its areas of control that included state employees, officers in the Ministry of Interior and Defense, and leaders in the General People’s Congress, in conjunction with Jordan’s discussions between the delegations of the legitimate government and the militias to implement the segment of prisoner exchange in the Sweden agreement.

He added that the Houthi militias, which continue its kidnappings and illegal detentions under false pretexts and allegations, prove that they are not serious in the success of the prisoner exchange talks, and they only use it to create false media victories and do not care about the lives of Yemenis.

The Yemeni Minister of Information demanded the Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and his team overseeing the Jordan negotiations to define a clear position and press the Houthi militias to stop all arrests against citizens, and considered this a “step to demonstrate the credibility and seriousness of the militia in achieving progress in this humanitarian file and not maneuvering and kidnappings and arrests.

The United Nations and the official in charge of the file of the prisoner’s exchange, Mr. Moeen Shraim, called on the Houthi militias to stop arresting civilians and taking hostages and exchange them for their prisoners’ and qualified that as terrorist crimes and a clear violation of international humanitarian law.

The office of the UN envoy to Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross announced that the third meeting of the Committee for the exchange of prisoners and detainees in the Jordanian capital, Amman, came out with approval of a detailed plan to complete the first large-scale official exchange of prisoners and detainees since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen.

The Yemeni government stated that the first stage of the release plan for prisoners and detainees agreed upon in Amman with the Houthi group would include the release of 1,420 prisoners and detainees.

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Houthi militia attacks women in a café

Houthi militia attacks women in a café

In the context of the militia’s war against cafes in its controlled areas, the Houthi militia stormed and closed a women-only café in the capital, Sanaa.

The owner of the women’s café on Baghdad Street in the center of the capital Sanaa, Shaima Muhammad, revealed horrific details about the operation to storm and close the café by Houthi gunmen, who attacked her and threatened to kill her.

She said in a post on his Facebook page: “A while ago, armed men came to our workplace (Ophelia Cafe for Women Only) without prior notice or any legal justification and asked us to vacate the place.”

She added that one of the gunmen ordered her to ask the woman to leave the café, saying: “They sit in their homes … why did they leave?”

She pointed out that a Houthi militant attacked one of the employees and took her phone from her hand by force, and when her brother tried to remove the gunman, he pointed his weapon and threatened to kill him inside the café.

She stated that the Houthi gunmen told women in the café offensive and vulgar words while they were forcing them out of the place.

She indicated that the militias allowed her to reopen the café, after closing it for the first time, but they returned to storm it and close it again, without any legal reason.

A few days ago, the Houthi militia stormed the Coffee Corner café in the Hadd region in Sana’a, and closed it, as part of a series of militia warfare being waged against cafes, suppressing freedoms and restrictions on citizens in the capital, Sanaa, and the rest of the cities under its control.

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21 killed, including two bodyguards of the Houthi leader

21 killed, including two bodyguards of the Houthi leader

More than 18 Houthi elements were killed and others were wounded, on Sunday, while trying to infiltrate the national army positions in Al-Jawf governorate, northeast of Yemen.

A military source said, “The national army in the Jarshab mountain range repelled an attack by groups of Houthi militias that tried to infiltrate the army’s positions,” noting that the operation resulted in the death of more than 18 Houthi elements and the wounding of others.

The source added, “The coalition aircraft launched several accurate and direct air strikes on the Al-Ghail front, the mills and the garrison targeting Houthi militia gatherings, a weapons store and combat vehicles, and the militias inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment,” according to the official Yemeni News Agency.

In the same context, three leaders of the Houthi militia have been killed, during the past two days, in confrontations with the Yemeni army in Al-Jawf Governorate.

Sources said, “The battles that broke out during the past two days resulted in the death of dozens of militias, most notably the Houthi leader and the personal guard of the militia leader Abdel-Malik al-Houthi, Hassan Abdullah Hanin al-Jaradi.” Also the death of the grandson of Imam Muhammad Abdullah Ali Hussein Hamid al-Din (also working as a bodyguard for the Houthi leader), in addition to the codified military leader Abu Taha Yahya al-Manbihi, one of the military leaders who received training in Iran, and the commander of brigade 417 border guards of the Houthi militia.

In addition, the Yemeni governor of Al-Jawf, Major General Amin al-Okimi, confirmed that the army forces are achieving great victories against the Houthi militias in various locations and fronts.

He said, “The battle of the National Army today is within the province of Sanaa,” noting that “the army forces are fighting violent battles with the Houthi militias in the mountainous chain southwest of Ghail, and the mountains of the sections adjacent to the Yam Mountains of Sanaa, in addition to the positions of the bunds overlooking the district of Magzar in Marib.”

Al-Jawf governorate witnessed fierce battles between the National Army forces supported by fighters of the Legitimacy Support Alliance, and between the Houthi militia militias in various fighting axes in Al-Jawf Governorate, in conjunction with similar battles on the Naham fronts east of Sanaa and Sarwah west of Marib.

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Yemeni forces destroy Houthi “drone” in Hodeida

Yemeni forces destroy Houthi "drone" in Hodeida

On Sunday, Yemeni forces shot down a Houthi militia plane in the sky of the Al-Duraimi Directorate south of the city of Hodeidah.

The military media of the joint forces said that the third infantry brigade forces were able to shoot down a Houthi militia plane that was flying in the sky of the Al-Duraimi directorate, where the soldiers targeted and shot it down.

The joint forces shot down a Houthi reconnaissance plane last week north of the district, in the context of the military escalation of the Houthi militias and the continued violations of the UN truce in Hodeidah.

The report of the United Nations experts in charge of monitoring the arms embargo imposed on Yemen since 2015 stated that in 2019 the Houthi militia acquired new weapons, some of which have similar characteristics to those produced in Iran

“In addition to the well-known weapons systems they have had so far, the Houthis are using a new type of Delta drone and a new model of land cruise missiles,” said the report sent to the Security Council and to be published soon.

Houthi militias have recently intensified the use of booby-trapped and reconnaissance drones, which a report of the United Nations Committee of Experts said was compiled from components from an external source and shipped to Yemen, the “bombing” or “striker” is almost identical in design, dimensions, and capabilities as the Ababil-T, which is manufactured by Iran’s aircraft maker.

Joint force stopped new Houthis militias development in Hodeida

Hodeidah: the Houthis bombed an industrial complex

The joint forces foiled an attempt to create a new site by Houthi militias along the seam lines in al-Jah district of Beit al-Faqih district in Hodeida province, west of Yemen, resulting on killing three Houthi elements and wounding 14 others.

According to the military media of the joint forces, the Special Task Force monitored and documented the movements of Houthi militia members who were trying to develop a site near the joint forces’ positions in the al-Jah area of ??Beit al-Faqih district, as well as the movement of a kit carrying a 14.5-caliber machine gun that the militias were attempting to install at the new site.

 The attempted militias had been vigorously confronted and the crew loaded with weapons destined for the area of ??the newly developed site had been destroyed.

The military media of the West Coast Front Joint Forces distributed sections of the monitoring and targeting of militia elements, as well as the crew that was targeted.

Three elements of the armed Houthi militiamen were killed and 14 others injured, during the thwart of the joint forces to try to infiltrate the Houthi in the area of ??al-Jah. Said The Media Center of the Giants Brigades, in a statement.

The statement quoted informed sources, confirming the arrival of the bodies of three dead and 14 wounded militiamen to a hospital in the city of Beit al-Faqih.

The joint forces accuse the Houthi militia of continuing the escalation and continuing violations of the UN truce in Hodeidah, which came into force at the end of last December, criticizing the silence of the United Nations and its envoy to Yemen and the monitoring mission for the continuation of these Houthi breaches, which they said threaten to undermine the peace process.

“The ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah was born handicapped and lived on artificial respiration for a year,” said Wadah al-Debaish, spokesman for the West Coast Joint Forces, referring to the difficulties encountered.

“Al-Houthi militias have leaned on the Swedish agreement and are taking cover from it to carry out their violations and escalate their dangerous and flagrant escalation.” Houthi militias have recently stepped up attacks on military and civilian sites in Hodeidah, despite the deployment of UN ceasefire monitoring points.

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The Alliance releases 200 prisoners from Houthi militias

Alliance's announcement of flights to transport patients from Sanaa and the release of 200 Houthi prisoners

The Alliance for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen announced the release of 200 prisoners from Houthi militias as part of the Alliance’s efforts to advance the Stockholm agreement.

Flights would be conducted in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) to transport patients from Sana’a to countries where they could receive appropriate treatment. Said the Alliance

“Out of the keenness of the Alliance leadership to continue to support efforts to resolve the crisis in Yemen and push forward the Stockholm agreement, including the agreement on the exchange of prisoners, and create the atmosphere to overcome any controversial points on the issue of prisoner exchange, This is a humanitarian issue in the first place and a continuation of the Alliance’s efforts to improve the humanitarian situation, especially the health of the Yemeni people, and pursuant to the provisions of the relevant international laws and conventions, the leadership of the Allied forces decided on the initiative of releasing 200 prisoners of the Houthi militias.” Said the spokesman for the Allied forces, Colonel Turki al-Maliki.

The Houthi militias welcomed the Alliance’s announcement of flights to transport patients from Sanaa and the release of 200 Houthi prisoners. “We welcome the move announced by the Saudi-led Alliance on Tuesday,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a leader of the Houthi group, wrote on Twitter.

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